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Energy Is Essential

Energy sits at the center of our lives, keeping us safe, productive, and comfortable. Energy improves health, combats climate change, enables communication and education, generates income, and empowers women. Creating access for a growing world population has become one of the biggest opportunities of our time.

Nearly half the planet lacks clean, affordable household energy, cooking meals on smoky open fires and having little or no electricity in their homes. At BioLite, we engage in two distinct customer segments: off-grid households in emerging markets and outdoor recreation users seeking fuel-independent cooking and charging. Using a unique business model called Parallel Innovation, our team develops core energy technologies that are applicable to both markets. We then design products unique to our outdoor and emerging markets customers.

BioLite HomeStove
The Problem
Open fire cooking

causes over 4 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization. Conditions like heart disease and COPD are directly linked to the toxic smoke inhaled by the billions of people still cooking over biomass fires.

Three billion people still cook over open biomass fires

These open fires also release significant amounts of CO2 and produce a staggering 25% of global black carbon emissions. This is more than all the world’s cars and trucks combined.

More than the world's cars and trucks combined
Access to electricity

is limited or non-existent for more than 1.2 billion people. Families are forced to pay large amounts of their income to purchase dirty, expensive kerosene lamps for lighting.

Kerosene lighting

Mobile phone usage by off-grid consumers is growing rapidly. While the mobile phone is a strong economic development tool, locating reliable electricity for recharging remains elusive and expensive.

Mobile phone usage
Our Solution

BioLite creates affordable, durable products designed to cook, charge, and light off-grid households by harnessing surrounding energy.

BioLite HomeStove
BioLite HomeStove Generates Electricity From Fire Reduces Smoke By 90% Uses 50% Less Wood
BioLite SolarHome 620
BioLite SolarHome 620 Generates Electricity From Sun Up To 24 Hours Of Light Pay-As-You-Go Enabled
Outdoor Customers: SolarHome 620 is available for preorder as a limited-edition crossover launch
The Business of Change

BioLite has built an end-to-end process that enables us to bring our technologies to scale. From designing the products to conducting after sales service, we’re involved in every step:

Develop Technology

Our team of engineers and designers work from first principles to develop technologies that radically transform energy access.

Manufacture Products

Through an ethically sourced supply chain, BioLite leverages centralized manufacturing to produce high-quality products at an affordable price.

Build Markets

We build distribution networks comprised of local BioLite teams and trusted partners to reach households that traditional retail models don’t.

Measure Impact

Our products only matter if people use them – we deploy robust customer service to ensure satisfaction and measure real-world benefits.

BioLite Impact

Our technologies address the health and environmental challenges of smoky open-fire cooking and kerosene lighting.
See our impact to date:

116,415 People breathing cleaner
101,559,675 Wh of electricity generated
126,199 Tonnes of CO2 offset
BioLite Impact Report Download Our 2016 Impact Report
Road To Impact
Explore our special 10-part series that takes you behind the scenes at BioLite for an honest, no-frills look at what it takes to fulfill our mission of bringing Energy Everywhere:
Chapter 1

The Business of Impact

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Chapter 2

The Invisible Ubiquity of Energy

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Chapter 3

Reinventing Fire

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Chapter 4

Designing a Fire For 3 Billion People

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Chapter 5

What's In Store When There Is No Store

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Chapter 6

Pitch Perfect

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Chapter 7

The Path To Ownership

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Chapter 8

Adventures In Firestarting

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Chapter 9

Giving Tuesday Special

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Chapter 10

Looking Back To Look Ahead

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